Now Showing NY: Jean Jacques Lequeu’s Wild Fantasies and More

Exhibitions and Performances - NY

New York City

Jean‐Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect
Through May 10
The Morgan Library & Museum

Although surrealism began in the 1920s, surely Jean-Jacques Lequeu’s drawings of butchered Greco-Roman busts and Giaconda nuns exposing their nipples elevate the 18th-century architect to the ranks of Dalí. Sixty fantastical drawings on loan from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France will be featured in this exhibition. Finely blended strokes and the careful creation of form with light and shadow demonstrate Lequeu’s exquisite draftsmanship. Lequeu, whose scientific precision clashed with his French eroticism, worked in black ink, brown and gray wash, red chalk, and watercolor. As the recent modern realism movement competes for attention with the predominant contemporary style, it is intriguing to encounter an Enlightenment artist whose works anticipate both movements. While at the Morgan, visit its decorated rotunda and explore its collection of works by Rembrandt, Rubens, van Gogh, Cézanne, and John Ruskin. The Morgan’s archive of literary manuscripts also includes The Paris Review interview series, which spotlights the lives of famous writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, and Jack Kerouac.

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Other Exhibitions of Note This Season

Nicholas Galanin: Carry a Song / Disrupt an Anthem
Through March 28
Peter Blum Gallery

Nick Mauss
Through April 11
303 Gallery

Pat Passlof: The Brush Is the Finger of the Brain
Through April 11
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation

Toots Zynsky
Through April 11
Heller Gallery

Kelly Akashi: Mood Organ
Through April 18
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself
Through May 17
New Museum